Here are the top three reasons why Ryan may have the busiest life outside of the office of any attorney around: he’s editing photographs he’s taken from around the world; he’s at the gym; or, he’s working on a creative project (like producing a photo-book of veterans who experienced military sexual assault to address this most sensitive of topics).
In fact, these experiences explain and reflect his dedication to helping disabled veterans: Ryan has witnessed first hand the American freedoms that we often take for granted. Simply put, he is passionate about the constitutional freedoms that our nation’s veterans make possible, like the basic freedom to choose to attend church on a particular day, or to associate, or not associate, with a given group of people. Ryan has witnessed first-hand that in many countries around the world, these basic freedoms do not exist (he was not allowed to mention Christianity in Morocco), and he is honored to give back to those who were willing to give their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy and often take for granted.
As a veteran's disability attorney, Ryan is an indomitable force when it comes to finding the needle in a haystack of thousands of pages of medical records, and drafting concise, persuasive briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims. His excellent listening skills and his highly organized approach to legal and medical research are evident to the clients who rely on him to move their cases forward.
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Veterans Disability Appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims: Getting Started (May 2013)
- Practice Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (June 2014)
- 2014's Notable Cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (December 2014)
Ryan currently serves as Chairman of the Veterans Benefits Subcommittee of the Orange County Bar Association's Veterans' Committee
- Author. Preservation of Error and the Doctrine of Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims: Don't Sleep on Preservation Issues, The Briefs (May 2014)
Taylor v. McDonald, ____ Vet. App. ____ (2014).